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Crockett Hotel

Crocett-Hotel_San-Antonio-TexasTalk about historic.

This venerable hotel stands just behind the Alamo, where, in 1836, Col. William B. Travis, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and a ragtag band of settlers, Texians and Tejanos fought valiantly for 13 days before being slaughtered by the vastly superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

You can practically smell blackpowder and hear the roar of cannons from the aptly named Crockett Hotel in downtown San Antonio.

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Hotel Colorado

hotel-colorado_Glenwood-Springs_ColoradoThe Utes were almost certainly the first to enjoy the hot mineral baths at what is now Glenwood Springs, but they would not be the last.

Railroad tycoon and silver magnate Walter Devereux purchased 10 acres around the springs in 1887 for $125,000, then sunk an additional $850,000 into the construction of his hotel, patterned after a 16th-century Italian villa.

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Peery Hotel

peery-hotel_salt-lake-city_utahThe state’s only hotel on the National Register of Historic Places opened its doors in 1910 and has been in continuous operation ever since.

Like many a Western hotel, the Peery, commissioned by brothers David and Joseph Peery, was built primarily to serve the region’s rapidly expanding business community. The Peery brothers were members of a prominent railroad family, says Kristofer Watson, the hotel’s director of marketing.

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Ambassador Hotel

Ambassador-Hotel-Tulsa-OklahomaOklahoma’s first apartment-hotel was built by Patrick J. Hurley, who went onto became secretary of war under President Herbert Hoover and, later, an emissary to Russia and ambassador to China.

The Ambassador Hotel, which opened its doors in 1929, was built mostly to serve as temporary quarters for some of the state’s newly wealthy oil barons while their mansions in the nearby Maple Ridge neighborhood (now a historic district) were under construction. Today, the hotel offers 55 rooms, eight of which are suites.

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Gold Hill Hotel

Gold-hill-hotel_Virginia- City_NevadaA grand hotel doesn’t necessarily mean palatial buildings, Italian marble and glittering chandeliers. Some hotels, like people, are modest in appearance, but grand in character.

Consider the Gold Hill Hotel, a mile south of Virginia City. Ornate, it is not. Fancy? Nope. But the oldest operating hotel in the state, set against the sweeping backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a grand hotel nonetheless.

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